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    Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs

    Seattle Public Schools offers Highly Capable Services for students who have been evaluated for and designated as Highly Capable. SPS also offers Advanced Learning/Spectrum for students who have been evaluated for and designated as Advanced Learners. Read the Advanced Learning Vision and Mission.

    Identifying Students as Potentially Gifted

    Advanced Learning Programs and Services

    Advanced Learners/Spectrum

    • Grades served: 1-8
    • Eligibility testing: Required

    Enhanced, enriched and/or accelerated curriculum in reading or mathematics.

    Flexible grouping opportunities to better serve individual student needs. Students are district identified and are supported in classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels.

    Highly Capable Services

    • Grades served: K-12
    • Eligibility testing: Required
    • Portfolio required for high school students

    Significantly accelerated curriculum in reading, math, science, and social studies based on student need. Students are district-identified as highly capable and are eligible to be served in self-contained programs at the elementary and middle school levels.

    Advanced Learning Program Information for High School Students

    Eighth grade students designated as Highly Capable students who are enrolled in the HCC at Hamilton, Washington, Madison, Robert Eaglestaff or Jane Addams middle schools' are currently automatically assigned to Garfield High School.

    Highly capable eighth grade students enrolled at any school may apply (assignment subject to seat availability) for the Accelerated IB program at Ingraham (IBX).

    Other eighth grade students may test for entry into the Accelerated International Baccalaureate program (IBX) at Ingraham but there is no eighth grade testing for entry into Garfield. Placement in IBX is subject to space availability.

    Advanced Placement Courses

    • Grades served: High school
    • Eligibility testing: Not required

    Rigorous high school curriculum administered by the College Board that can lead to college credit. Classes are available to all interested students.

    Advanced Placement Curriculum Sites

    Offered at all comprehensive high schools except Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach. AP course offerings vary by site. See individual high school course catalogs.

    International Baccalaureate Program

    • Grades served: High school
    • Eligibility testing: Not required

    Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular program that can lead to college credit.

    International Baccalaureate Curriculum Sites

    Offered at Ingraham, Chief Sealth, and Rainier Beach high schools.

    Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program (IBX) at Ingraham

    • Grades served: High school
    • Eligibility testing: Required for eighth graders not already designated as Highly Capable

    An accelerated IB program (which is an option only) that leads to the completion of the IB Diploma in grade 11 allowing seniors to explore their academic interests by participating in internships, college classes, and further electives.

    Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program Curriculum Site

    Offered at Ingraham High School.
    Based on seat availability

    Contact Us

    E-mail: advlearn@seattleschools.org

    Additional department contacts

    Mailing Address:
    Advanced Learning
    M.S. 32-936
    PO Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165

    Key Dates

    See our calendar webpage for upcoming dates and general referral and testing windows.

    Advanced Learning Updates

    Policy and Procedure

    Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs Policy and Procedure

    Seattle Public Schools provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal.

    Read more about non-discrimination at Seattle Public Schools.